Details at a Glance
Blend: 100% Merlot
Appelation: Columbia Valley
Vineyards: 40% Klipsun Vineyard (Red Mountain), 23% Boushey Vineyard (Yakima Valley), 19% Clifton Vineyard (Wahluke Slope) and 18% Alder Ridge Vineyard (Horse Heaven Hills)
Bottled: June 1, 2005
Barrel Regime: 35% New French Oak, 41% Used French Oak, 24% New Eastern European & American Oak
Total Production: 495 Cases
Prices: /bottle  $/case
The growing season in 2003 was warmer than usual resulting in riper fruit with increased color extraction and tannins. Our 2003 Merlot is a beautifully balanced wine with nice structure and oak qualities that truly captures your attention from the first sip. This wine opens with aromas of ripe cherries and cocoa beans along with delicate floral scents of violets and lilacs. The mouthfeel is almost juicy with boysenberries, blackberries and red currants followed by hints of dark chocolate and cinnamon. The finish is long and lush with integrated tannins, which will allow for extended cellaring time.
The best part of our 2003 Merlot is enjoying it with your favorite hearty dish. Try it with beef and barley soup, pot roast with assorted grilled vegetables or a steak with blue cheese crumble. Add a salad and crusty bread and at least one bottle of Forgeron Cellars 2003 Merlot, two would be even better!
Marie-Eve Gilla, Winemaker